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No online voting for Vancouver this fall

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Voters in Vancouver won’t be casting ballots online in the upcoming civic election.

The provincial government says there are too many risks, including Internet service disruptions and hacker attacks. It’s also worried about how they can confirm voter identity without jeopardizing the anonymity of the vote.

Ida Chong, the Minister of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development, says before online voting is implemented, those risks need to be properly adressed. She told Mayor Gregor Robertson of the decision earlier in the week and he tells the Province newspaper he is disappointed.

The lone NPA councillor on Vancouver City Council was never in favour of the idea of Internet voting and is pleased with the province’s decision.